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Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Vice President Susan Coliton to Resign

3/14/2014

Paul G. Allen Family Foundation Vice President Susan Coliton to Resign

3/14/2014

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced today that long-time Vice President Sue Coliton is leaving her role effective March 26, 2014. During Coliton’s 15-year tenure, the Foundation awarded more than $494 million to more than 1,400 nonprofit groups in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. She also played a significant role on the teams that created the Allen Institute for Brain Science, EMP Museum and Flying Heritage Collection.
 
“It has been a great honor to work with Paul Allen and Jody Allen for the past 15 years,” said Coliton. “I’m proud of what we have accomplished together in pursuit of the betterment of regional and global communities.”
 
Until a permanent replacement for Coliton is named, the Foundation will be led by Vulcan Senior Director Bert Kolde and Senior Director of Philanthropic Initiatives Dune Ives. Coliton will remain affiliated with the Foundation as a senior fellow and will also retain her position on the board of the Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation.
 
“Sue’s leadership has put the Foundation in a strong position,” said Jody Allen, the Foundation’s co-founder and president. “I appreciate her long service at Vulcan and her many contributions to the organizations and causes the Foundation supports.”
 
Prior to joining the Foundation, Coliton served as director of the Cultural Facilities Fund in San Francisco, where she managed a loan and grant program for the development of cultural facilities. She also worked as a visual arts program specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she oversaw grant-making programs focused on contemporary visual art.  She currently serves on the boards of Philanthropy Northwest, where she is Chair, and Americans for the Arts. She has a B.A. in art from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame and an M.L.A. in interdisciplinary studies from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.